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If a piece of equipment is made from metal then it is the job of a Metalsmith to work on it, whether by repairing broken parts, carrying out vehicle bodywork repair, fabricating tools for other repairs or fitting parts on vehicles and other equipment.

Metalsmiths have to be adaptable and have good hand skills as they are taught to use a wide range of hand and power tools, as well as how to work from plans and sketches.

The training is very thorough, with periods of time working on sheet metal, blacksmithing and all types of welding. In both your training and on the job, you’ll get your hands on a huge range of kit – including all the modern electric arc welding processes and the more traditional oxy-acetylene welding gear – to carry out tasks such as vehicle repair and the manufacture of parts.

The Army needs to make sure its vehicles work in all conditions, so Metalsmiths also have to be able to work in all conditions and it’s unlikely that you will find yourself doing the same job twice. On operations, you could find yourself conducting a wide variety of tasks such as fabricating gates to protect our soldiers from insurgents, manufacturing vehicle parts that are not available in the theatre of operations and repairing the body work vehicles damaged by explosives.

Meanwhile, back at the base, you could be doing anything from repairing battle damage to a Challenger tank to manufacturing bespoke vehicle parts.

Metalsmiths can expect their trade training to last around 35 weeks and they receive training in:

  • Workshop procedures
  • Sheet metal
  • Blacksmithing 
  • Traditional welding techniques 
  • Modern welding techniques 
  • Electronics and computer science 
  • Crane operator